Loyola vs Oregon State Betting Predictions NCAA Tournament

Oregon State vs Loyola Chicago Sweet 16
Loyola (8) vs Oregon St (12) betting predictions NCAA Basketball

The Oregon St Beavers battle Loyola’s Ramblers in this unexpected sweet sixteen matchup. Defense and execution will be the keys – Loyola has enough of both to end Oregon State’s run and I see Loyola winning this one and covering ATS (-6.5 888sport).

Loyola vs Oregon Betting Odds

Did anybody have these two facing one another in the Sweet Sixteen? Oregon St (12) surprised everyone by beating an apparently overrated 5 seed Tennessee in round 1 and then beat up 4 seed Oklahoma State in round 2 80-70. Meanwhile, the Loyola Ramblers seem to be the new Gonzaga – is it even a surprise when they win anymore in the NCAA? They cruised to a 9 point win against Georgia Tech and then blasted 1 seed Illinois 71-58.

With Oregon St advancing the Pac-12 still has 4 teams dancing (USC, Oregon and UCLA are the other three). A big key to the Beavers’ success has come from outside the 3 point arc as Oregon St is shooting 42.4 percent from 3 in their last 5 games. Guard Ethan Thompson led the way against Oklahoma State getting to the line and hitting 15 of 16 free throws in their win. Junior forward 6’7’ Warith Alatishe and the Beavers will need to hit the glass as they finished 215 in the NCAA in rebounds this season. The Beavers have already beat the odds this season even before the tournament as many had them picked last in the Pac-12. If Oregon St hopes to advance it will need to stay hot from beyond the 3 point arc against a poised and patient Loyola squad.

Loyola’s true star, as we all know, is 101 year old sister Mary Jean, who will be praying for more divine intervention Saturday. Senior forward 6’9” Cameron Kurtwig has the touch inside and the tenacity to score and cause problems for the Beavers. The real key for Loyola are guards Lucas Williamson and Braden Norris who control tempo and reduce possessions for both teams keeping the Ramblers in games this season.

The slow pace of play is the play if you are thinking of the over/under which I like the under at 125 (-109 sugarhill) as both Oregon St and Loyola have been great defensively in the tourney, the Ramblers allowed just 58 to Illinois. But the way to play this one I think is to take Loyola ATS at -6.5 (888sport) as The Ramblers have covered in each of their 5 postseason games in 2021.

Loyola Oregon St
888Sport
-295 +230
Sugar House
-286 +235
FanDuel
-270 +220

My Prediction

Loyola ATS -6.5 (888sport). The Ramblers’ ability to control the game with their guards take down the Beavers.

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